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Daniel Gervais to serve as associate reporter of the American Law Institute’s Restatement of Law Copyright

Dec. 4, 2014—An expert in copyright law, Gervais directs the Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Program.

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Tamara Ashford ’94 confirmed to seat on U.S. Tax Court

Nov. 21, 2014—Ashford currently serves as acting assistant attorney general and as deputy assistant attorney general for appellate and review in the Tax Division of the Department of Justice.

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Research by economist Joni Hersch shows prestige of undergraduate school affects earnings even among those with elite graduate degrees

Nov. 13, 2014—Prestige of undergraduate university affects earnings even when graduates of less elite undergraduate institutions attend prestigious graduate schools.

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Three members of Class of 1994 take the bench

Nov. 7, 2014—1994 VLS grads Tamara Ashford, Rupert Byrdsong and Sheila Calloway all nominated or elected to the bench.

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Leonard Lance ’77 and Luke Messer ’94 re-elected to Congress

Nov. 5, 2014—Lance represents New Jersey’s 7th District and Messer Indiana’s 6th District.

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Greg Abbott ’84 elected governor of Texas

Nov. 5, 2014—Abbott will be sworn in as Texas’ 48th governor in January.

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Andree Blumstein ’81 appointed Tennessee solicitor general

Oct. 24, 2014—Blumstein will oversee appellate litigation in state and federal courts and advise Attorney General Herbert Slatery.

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Daniel Gervais speaks at International Council of Creators of Music meeting

Oct. 22, 2014—Gervais, director of the Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Program, gave a keynote speech, "U.S. Copyright in International Context," at international forum.

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Global panel to discuss copyright law at Vanderbilt

Oct. 21, 2014—Five international experts will discuss the current state of copyright law in an Oct. 24 forum moderated by Daniel Gervais.

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Study by Randall Thomas and two colleagues indicates top plaintiffs’ firms achieve greater success

Oct. 16, 2014—Study conducted by Thomas with C.N.V. Krishnan and Steven D. Solomon examines outcomes of 1,739 class action lawsuits challenging the fairness of M&A transactions between 2003 and 2012.

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Jennifer Shinall explores link between weight and workplace discrimination

Oct. 10, 2014—Shinall asks if weight should become the sixth protection under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

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Matthew Downer ‘14 wins 2014 Gellhorn-Sargentich writing competition sponsored by ABA

Oct. 10, 2014—Downer is the second Vanderbilt Law graduate in the past two years to win the prestigious award

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Are college football coaches overpaid?

Sep. 15, 2014—New research by Professor Randall Thomas and Lawrence Van Horn compares college coaches to CEOs.

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Definitive law and neuroscience reference book co-authored by Owen Jones released

Sep. 9, 2014—Interdisciplinary guide’s co-authors include neuroscientist Jeffrey Schall and law professor Francis Shen of the University of Minnesota.

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Noted civil rights lawyer George E. Barrett, Class of 1957, dead at 86

Aug. 27, 2014—Barrett was “a powerful voice for social justice, civil rights and civil liberties” in Nashville for more than 55 years.

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19 members of the Class of 2014 selected for Order of the Coif

Aug. 26, 2014—Order of the Coif members are selected by faculty approval and represent the top 10 percent of the class.

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Harold G. Maier, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus, dead at 77

Aug. 26, 2014—Professor Maier spent his entire academic career at Vanderbilt Law School.

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Ed Rubin: Fighting Bureaucracy by Improving it

Aug. 25, 2014—Rubin identifies a new approach to make bureaucracy more humane.

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New J.D./M.S.F. joint-degree program offered by VLS and Owen Graduate School of Management

Jul. 11, 2014—Students earn both degrees without increasing the time in school through program offered jointly by Vanderbilt Law School and Owen Graduate School of Management.

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Touted benefits of new EPA emissions limits may be misleading, according to paper co-authored by economist W. Kip Viscusi

Jul. 10, 2014—Paper co-authored by Viscusi and Ted Gayer of the Brookings Institution focuses on benefits that would accrue just in the U.S.

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Matthew R. Burnstein ’96 (BA’93) named chairman of Waller Lansden Dortch

Jun. 27, 2014— Burnstein will succeed John Tishler, B.A. 1980, as chairman of the firm.

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Should the government be legally liable for failing to act?

Jun. 23, 2014—Christopher Serkin examines the government's duty to protect private property with the proper laws and regulations.

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James Balser ’16 receives Helton Fellowship from American Society of International Law

Jun. 18, 2014—Balser will work with the No Peace Without Justice International Criminal Justice Program's Syrian Accountability Project in Gaziantep, Turkey.

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Staci Michelle Yandle ’87 confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

Jun. 17, 2014—Yandle is currently a solo practitioner who focuses on civil litigation in federal and state court.

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70 Vanderbilt Law students receive 2014 summer stipends to support pro bono work

Jun. 16, 2014—Seventy Vanderbilt Law students received summer stipends to support their volunteer work in positions with government agencies; the chambers of federal and local judges; federal and state district attorneys and public defenders’ offices; and public interest and advocacy organizations. Students receiving Vanderbilt law stipends are working pro bono during summer 2014 for legal offices and...

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